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Trek Madone 5.9 H2 - 2012

Feel the balance of power and finesse aboard Trek's Madone 5.9. The power part comes from Trek's OCLV carbon frame, which boasts ingenious technology that will have you setting personal bests. The 90mm-wide bottom bracket gives you a stiff, ...(Read More)

Trek Madone 5.9 H2
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Feel the balance of power and finesse aboard Trek's Madone 5.9. The power part comes from Trek's OCLV carbon frame, which boasts ingenious technology that will have you setting personal bests. The 90mm-wide bottom bracket gives you a stiff, efficient pedaling platform, the integrated headset and BB cups save weight and the seatmast trims even more grams, and adds compliance for long-ride comfort. The finesse part starts up front with the Race X Lite Carbon fork boasting a tapered steerer for precise steering and awesome efficiency with minimal weight. And your Madone proudly showcases Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting for effortless, blink-of-a-eye shifting. And, Race X Lite components and tubeless Ultegra wheels make the 5.9 perfect for the serious racer and casual rider alike.

Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon fork

Bontrager's Race X Lite Carbon Fork is light, stiff and rides beautifully, thanks to its ingenious steerer, which uses the standard 1 1/8-inch diameter at the top combined with a 1 1/2-inch diameter at the bottom where the fork meets the crown. This reduces the stresses placed on the fork, significantly increases strength and saves weight by reducing the amount of carbon required and eliminating the need for additional reinforcement. Trek's oversize E2 head tube adds strength and stiffness. The result is an unbelievably stiff and super-light front end.



Trek's BB90.
Trek's Madone features a unique bottom bracket (image, right) that's 90mm wide (traditional ones are 68mm wide). This wide bottom bracket lets Trek build the frame with larger tubes for increased power transfer. Plus, the 90mm bottom bracket is machined so that the bearings can be placed directly into the frame (image) saving weight (due to fewer parts, below), ensuring additional pedaling efficiency and simplifying maintenance and repair.
Trek's BB90.
Left to right: cutaway view of traditional seatpost, cutaway view of Madone seatmast, photo of Madone seatmast.
Instead of a conventional seatpost, Trek's Madone boasts a seatmast (image). Compared to traditional seatposts (image, left) and also modern integrated seatmasts, this engineering masterpiece boosts strength and pedaling efficiency, saves weight, increases compliance a whopping 39% (for maximum comfort), and offers all the adjustability you'll ever need (no cutting required). It lets your Trek fit in a UPS-compatible box for shipping, too!
Madone seatmast height range
This chart shows the maximum seat height for each Madone frame size. To determine which is right for you, we recommend measuring the seat height on your current bicycle.

Trek's fit system lets you get the bike that fits you perfectly.
Whether you're looking for the most aero riding position, to sit as upright as possible, or anywhere in between, with Trek's H1, H2 and H3 fits, there's a Madone that's perfect for you.

H1 (see yellow dots on illustration) is Trek's most aggressive, most aero fit, with the lowest handlebar-position options.
H2 (orange dots) is the right fit for most riders. It sports the same handling as the H1 fit, with a slightly taller head tube that puts the handlebars higher.
H3 (red dots) boasts an even taller head tube and higher bars than H2 and a small handling adjustment for even more stability.

Specs

Frame Trek 500 Series OCLV Carbon w/E2, BB90
Fork Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon w/E2 carbon steerer
Rims/Wheels Shimano Ultegra tubeless
Hubs See Rims/Wheels
Spokes See Rims/Wheels
Tires Bontrager R3, 700 x 23c
Crankset Shimano Ultegra
Chainrings 50/34
Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra Di2
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra Di2
Rear Cogs Shimano Ultegra, 10-speed: 11-28
Shifters Shimano Ultegra STI Di2
Handlebars Bontrager Race X Lite Blade VR-C carbon
Tape/Grips Bontrager Gel
Stem Bontrager Race X Lite
Brake Levers Shimano Ultegra STI Di2
Brakes Shimano Ultegra
Saddle Bontrager Affinity Race Lite
Seatpost Bontrager Ride-Tuned Carbon seatmast cap

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4.5

(based on 5 reviews)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable  (2)
  • Lightweight  (2)
  • Climbs well 
  • Di2 drivetrain 
  • Fast and smooth ride 

Best Uses

  • Road biking  (5)
  • Climbing and fast 

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5

I bought a 5.9 in Sept. and love it

By 

from Oseanside CA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Very Fast And Fun To Ride
  • Shifts great
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road Biking
    • Climbing And Fast

    Comments:

    I bought a 2300 in 2004 it has been great. So when I was looking to upgrade I started looking at new Treks, the 5.9 Madone Di got my attention. I did the research and found a great deal on a 2012 it is so much better that I thought it would be. I don't want to stop riding it.

     
    5

    best bang for the buck!

    By 

    from ventura

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking

      Comments:

      Best bang the buck before getting into higher priced bikes that arent that much lighter.Handels awsome,and the electronic shifting I was apprehensive about works perfect.The geometry is very comfy even on longer rides of 100+!:)

       
      5

      satisfied

      By 

      from Reading, Pa

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking

        Comments:

        I have my 5.9 madone now for 8 months and have had no problems with the bike.The Di2 shifting is smooth and flawless. Reading the other review it sounds like the shifting was not set correctly by the mechanic. I now there are limit screws on those derailluers for i do most of my own work.

         
        5

        Awesome

        By 

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Fast and Smooth Ride
        • Very stable on descents
        • Climbs well
        • Di2 Drivetrain

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Biking

          Comments:

          Upgraded from Trek Madone 5.2 as it needed semi-annual shifter adjustments and new cables. What a difference, stiff great handling bike. Ultegra Di2 drivetrain shifts perfectly every time, even while climbing out of the saddle. Chain rubbing a thing of the past with autotrim feature. Will not buy a bike with mechanical shifting again. Changed seat and tires due to personal preference. Shimano WH-6700 rims roll smooth and true.

           
          1

          Very Disapponited

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          from Saint Cloud, Florida

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Biking

            Comments:

            I purchased this bike 24 days ago. What attracted me to this bike was the Di2 drivetrain, but after my experience, I have my doubts. I was out riding Saturday and I noticed the rear derailleur would not shift to the smallest cog. I decided to shift to the largest cog and then shift back to the smallest cog to see if this would correct the problem. While I was shifting toward the largest cog, the chain popped off and lodged between the cassette and hub...then the entire rear wheel came off and I landed on the pavement! Fortunately for me no cars were coming so I experienced no injury. I took it back to the place where I bought it and was told today (after waiting 3 days) that they are waiting on Trek to get it covered under warranty and it might take as long as 3-4 weeks to get it back. This is entirely disappointing to me to pay this much for a bike and almost get killed and now have to wait 3-4 weeks for repair...and when I get it back how do I know it won't happen again? It would seem to me there should be some type of limit switch on the drivetrain to prevent this from happening. This is my is the second Trek bike I have purchased in less than two years, but right now I am unhappy with this bike…and somebody has got to convince me it won't happen again.

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